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prism

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noun \ˈpri-zəm\

Simple Definition of prism

  • : a transparent glass or plastic object that usually has three sides and that separates the light that passes through it into different colors

Full Definition of prism

  1. 1 :  a polyhedron with two polygonal faces lying in parallel planes and with the other faces parallelograms

  2. 2 a :  a transparent body that is bounded in part by two nonparallel plane faces and is used to refract or disperse a beam of light b :  a prism-shaped decorative glass luster

  3. 3 :  a crystal form whose faces are parallel to one axis; especially :  one whose faces are parallel to the vertical axis

  4. 4 :  a medium that distorts, slants, or colors whatever is viewed through it

Origin of prism

Late Latin prismat-, prisma, from Greek, literally, anything sawn, from priein to saw


First Known Use: 1570

Rhymes with prism


PRISM Defined for Kids

prism

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noun \ˈpri-zəm\

Definition of prism

  1. :  a transparent object that usually has three sides and bends light so that it breaks up into rainbow colors




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prism

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noun \ˈpriz-əm\

Medical Definition of prism

  1. 1:  a polyhedron with two polygonal faces lying in parallel planes and with the other faces parallelograms

  2. 2:  a transparent body that is bounded in part by two nonparallel plane faces and is used to refract or disperse a beam of light

  3. 3:  a crystal form whose faces are parallel to one axis; especially :  one whose faces are parallel to the vertical axis




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